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Office for National Statistics

ONS Research Excellence Awards 2019 - People's Choice Award to Dr Swati Dhingra

Congratulations to Dr Swati Dhingra, associate professor of economics at the Centre for Economic Performance, who has won the People's Choice Award at the ONS research excellence awards 2019.

The ONS's research excellence awards recognise and celebrate outstanding, innovative research carried out using ONS secure data. This research must deliver a public benefit to the UK, whilst protecting data confidentiality. Using secure research data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and HMRC, Dr Dhingra's research Trade and Worker Deskilling: Evidence from the Brexit vote, co-authored with Rui Costa and Stephen Machin, analysed both the large unexpected movements in international trade and the unexpected drop of sterling, to establish casual evidence on the impact of trade on workers.

The People's Choice Award was voted for by almost 900 people across multiple organisations. Votes were submitted across 21 innovative research projects, with the winner announced at Data Capability 2019, an event curated by ONS for the research community, at Central Hall, Westminster in London.

Frankie Kay, interim deputy national statistician and director general for data capability at ONS said: "All of our finalists showed the benefit of sharing data and we hope that their research goes on to help inform those in government, business and the charity sector who need reliable figures to make important decisions."

In a statement Dr Dhingra, Dr Costa and Professor Machin said: "We are delighted to win the ONS People's Choice Vote with our CEP paper on the wage reductions and training cutbacks resulting from the drop in the value of the pound induced by the UK's vote to leave the EU. The public need to see robust evidence about the actual economic impacts of the UK electorate's decision to leave. In the post-truth world in which we are living, this award reassures us that there is still room to do this with credible analysis of ONS data."

Find out more in our Brexit Analyses series: CEP BREXIT Analysis No.15 Falling sterling, falling wages and training: How the post-Brexit pound has hurt Britain's workers

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Office for National Statistics - ONS Research Excellence Awards 2019 - People's Choice Award to Dr Swati Dhingra

Trade and deskilling: how the post-referendum sterling depreciation hurt workers

Trade and Worker Deskilling

Trade and Worker Deskilling: How the post-Brexit pound has hurt Britain’s workers

CEP Trade

Swati Dhingra webpage

Rui Costa webpage

Stephen Machin webpage


News Posted: 04/11/2019      [Back to the Top]

Metro (UK)

Locals pay the price for ban on second homes in St Ives

But their ban has backfired, according to a report by the London School of Economics. The developers have simply walked away, causing the number of new homes being built to shrink and for prices to soar.
And with the demand for second homes remaining sky high, the ban has just moved focus on to the limited stock of existing properties.
It has even caused house prices to go up in towns nearby.
Prof Christian Hilber, who led the study, said: 'A ban merely shifts demand from new-build to existing homes, thereby reducing the share of permanent residents further and making existing housing stock even less affordable.'


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Metro (UK) - Locals pay the price for ban on second homes in St Ives

Second home investments

The Economic Impacts of Constraining Home Investments

CEP Urban and Spatial Programme

Christian Hilber webpage


News Posted: 01/11/2019      [Back to the Top]

The Print

Development is now all about Modi coining new terms, not Indians’ well-being: Shashi Tharoor

In order to tackle this, we must first accept that a well-being budget is not an 'either-or' proposition. It need not be a substitute for conventional economics, but rather, as a project that will help us develop tools and indicators that take economic outcomes beyond their face value and move towards what the economist Richard Layard (one of the chief editors of the UN Global Happiness Index) terms the ultimate objective of 'life satisfaction', which would offer a better measurement of how our citizens are faring - arguably a far more significant duty of the government of the day.

The World Happiness Report 2019, produced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Editors John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard, Jeffrey Sachs.

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The Print - Development is now all about Modi coining new terms, not Indians’ well-being: Shashi Tharoor

CEP Wellbeing

Jan-Emmanuel De neve webpage

Clement Bellet webpage

Richard Layard webpage

George Ward webpage


News Posted: 01/11/2019      [Back to the Top]

Varsity

What’s the secret to a meaningful life? Chasing happiness

Jacob Dabb sits down with Lord Richard Layard, who in the early 2000s successfully doubled NHS spending on talking therapy and expanded the provision of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy across the UK.
Given Layard's occupation - having written a number of landmark books on mental health and income (such as Happiness: lessons from a new science and Thrive: the power of psychological therapy), as well as co-writing the UN's annual World Happiness Report - his friendliness isn't surprising. This is an economist who helped double the NHS budget for talking-therapy and helped roll out Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) across the nation, and made mental well-being a priority for both the Blair and Brown New Labour governments.

Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, Richard Layard, Penguin, 2005. 2nd Edition 2011

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Varsity - What’s the secret to a meaningful life? Chasing happiness

CEP Wellbeing

Richard Layard webpage


News Posted: 01/11/2019      [Back to the Top]